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Asa Baber

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Asa Baber, columnist for Playboy, died on Monday. Cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 66.
Baber’s “Men” column launched in 1982 and covered a variety of issues — divorce, sexuality and male-bashing — from a man’s perspective. A collection of Baber’s columns, “Naked at the Gender Gap: A Man’s View of the War Between the Sexes,” was published in 1992 by Birch Lane Press.
His last Playboy column ran in the June issue.

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Roger Neilson

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neilson.jpgRoger Neilson, the innovative coach of eight National Hockey League teams, died on Saturday in Ontario. Cause of death was cancer. He was 69.
Neilson coached the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres, the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators.
Last year, Ottawa made him the head coach for the last two games of the season so Neilson could become the ninth person in N.H.L. history to coach 1,000 games. In November, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Johnny Miles

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Johnny Miles was a 20-year-old grocery delivery boy from Nova Scotia when he won the 1926 Boston Marathon, defeating the reigning Olympic champion, Albin Stenroos and Boston Marathon favorite, Clarence DeMar.
The next year, Miles dropped out of the race after he suffered from severe blisters caused by the ultra thin soles his father had created in order to make him run faster. In 1929, Miles tried again, and won the marathon.
Miles died on June 14 in Ontario. Cause of death was not released. He was 97.

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